Monday, January 7, 2013

Broken by A.E. Rought

Title:  Broken
Author: A.E. Rought
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Expected Publication: January 8, 2013
Purchase:   Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble

Imagine a modern spin on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein where a young couple’s undying love and the grief of a father pushed beyond sanity could spell the destruction of them all.

A string of suspicious deaths near a small Michigan town ends with a fall that claims the life of Emma Gentry's boyfriend, Daniel. Emma is broken, a hollow shell mechanically moving through her days. She and Daniel had been made for each other, complete only when they were together.

Now she restlessly wanders the town in the late Fall gloom, haunting the cemetery and its white-marbled tombs, feeling Daniel everywhere, his spectre in the moonlight and the fog.

When she encounters newcomer Alex Franks, only son of a renowned widowed surgeon, she's intrigued despite herself. He's an enigma, melting into shadows, preferring to keep to himself. But he is as drawn to her as she is to him. He is strangely... familiar. From the way he knows how to open her locker when it sticks, to the nickname she shared only with Daniel, even his hazel eyes with brown flecks are just like Daniel's.

The closer they become, though, the more something inside her screams there's something very wrong with Alex Franks. And when Emma stumbles across a grotesque and terrifying menagerie of mangled but living animals within the walls of the Franks' estate, creatures she surely knows must have died from their injuries, she knows.



I was excited about the promise of a Frankenstein retelling and really wanted to like this story. For me, Broken was a case of great concept, poor delivery.

I struggled with the writing and, for the life of me, could not get invested in the characters. If you read the very spoiler-filled synopsis above, then you know the story in almost its entirety. My biggest gripe is the writing comes across as trying too hard and misapplies technique to mundane activities. I love descriptive writing when it is done well, but overly- and exaggeratedly-detailed sentences bother me to no end. It was just too wordy.  By the time I reached the conclusion, I was too disappointed and, frankly, too bored to care as much as I should have.

A couple of my friends really seemed to enjoy the “detailed” writing in Broken. So while this book was a complete miss for me, this may be a to-each-his-own scenario, and perhaps it will be a hit for you.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.



  1. Thanks for the honest review. I have been seeing this book around, but didn't think it would be something I would be interested in.

  2. awww sorry you didn't enjoy this one. I always hate not enjoying a book. I'm glad you were honest about how you felt :) It was also nice how you added that other readers enjoyed it. Everyone has different taste :) I'm sure I would be with you so I won't be reading this one :/


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